from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The New Zealand wattle-crow, Callæas or Glaucopis cinerea. See Glaucopis.


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  • The South Island kokako is now listed as officially extinct, but one of its most dedicated fans is still a believer.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • An amateur ornithologist claims he saw a South Island kokako from about 20 meters.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Another article on the search for the South Island kokako in New Zealand.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • Rod Hitchmough, a scientific officer at the Department of Conservation (DOC) told a press briefing in Wellington that the kokako decision had attracted controversy.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • Conservation officials today formally declared the South Island kokako extinct, saying there had been no confirmed sightings for 40 years.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • Mr Nilsson, a self-taught bird expert who has worked for the Wildlife Service, said he knew it was a kokako because of its size and behaviour.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • Less than a year ago, veteran searchers seeking signs of the kokako unsuccessfully searched a valley east of Puysegur Point in Fiordland National Park for signs of the grey bird with orange wattles at each side of the beak.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • That South Island kokako investigation team included Christchurch researcher Ron Nilsson, who has spent 20 years searching remote valleys in Nelson, Westland, Fiordland and Stewart Island.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • In recent years, searches for the South Island kokako have been in Granville State Forest in the West Coast's Grey Valley and further north in the Paparoa Range near Charleston.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • For the veteran searchers seeking signs of the long-lost South Island kokako, a valley east of Puysegur Point in Fiordland National Park sounds like a breakthrough.

    Archive 2007-01-01


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  • A New Zealand wattlebird.

    December 31, 2007

  • A ghost word, bilby? You?

    January 1, 2008

  • Just decided to fancy up the written version. Can't have awful ornithological orthography, can I?

    January 1, 2008

  • He ghosted supercalliwhat too. Maybe he's channeling uselessness.

    January 1, 2008

  • Well...okay. If it's orthodox ornithological orthography you're after, then it's excusable in my book.

    January 1, 2008

  • Haha both of you!

    January 1, 2008

  • See usage on tui.

    September 22, 2008

  • "Threatened North Island Kokako have been discovered nesting in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges for the first time in 80 years." Yay!

    November 29, 2010